Optogenetics relies on biodiversity

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How two unlikely microbes (that don’t even have brains) led to the development of one of today’s most promising brain research techniques—which is being used to study many diseases including schizophrenia and Parkinson’s.

Science Nation - Lab in a Can

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Monitoring water quality is vital to make sure dangerous bacteria doesn't creep into our drinking water or overcome sewage treatment plants. With support from the National Science Foundation, engineers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have developed the Environment Sample Processor (ESP), a "DNA lab in a can." The size of a trash can, it can be placed in the open ocean or at water treatment facilities to identify potentially harmful bacteria, algae, larvae and other...

Richard Sayre at the DOE JGI 2012 Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting

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Richard Sayre of Los Alamos National Laboratory and the New Mexico Consortium on "Tapping the Molecular Potential of Microalgae to Produce Biomass" on March 22, 2012 at the 7th Annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting in Walnut Creek, Calif.

Green Revolution: Biomass

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Explore how different types of biomass can be used to produce fuel. One researcher is building reactors to grow algae used to create biofuel. Another studies how leafcutter ant colonies break down biomass in order to solve a different biofuel problem: conversion of cellulose in plants to a fermentable sugar used to make ethanol. Finally, an engineer shows us how his lab uses chemistry and heat to turn sawmill waste into bio-oil and gasoline.

Battling Brown Tide: First Genome Sequence of a HAB Species

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Slideshow narrated by DOE JGI collaborator Chris Gobler of Stony Brook University regarding the first genome sequence of a harmful algal bloom (HAB) species - Aureococcus anophagefferens. The study was published ahead online February 23, 2011 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/hkp0qq

Invitation - Re-upload

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A quick tour through the field of genomics, from simple to complex - an algal cell dividing, lyonization in a cat, and newborn genetic testing, among other topics. This is a re-upload.

Volvox: Beyond Small is Simple

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DOE JGI's Simon Prochnik, Salk Institute's Jim Umen and Washington University's David Kirk talk about the alga Volvox carteri and why sequencing its genome matters in this complement to the DOE Joint Genome Institute's news release (http://go.usa.gov/cq9) regarding the publication of the Volvox genome in the July 9, 2010 issue of the journal Science.

Mary Neu delivers "Los Alamos National Laboratory Overview"

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Mary Neu, Associate Director for Chemistry, Life and Earth Sciences at Los Alamos National Laboratory, delivers opening remarks at the "Sequencing, Finishing, Analysis in the Future" meeting in Santa Fe, NM on June 2, 2010.

Green Fuel = Economic Development

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This video postulates that by creating "green fuel" cultivation and integrated processing facilities that take waste products from each other as feedstock (including algae & jatropha, anaerobic digesters, manure & wastewater processing, gasifiers, fish farms, dairy farms, and electric generating) that each becomes an independent, secure source of local energy (renewable gasoline, renewable diesel and renewable jet fuels) and expands the commercial reach for both products and raw...

San Diego's Newest Green Industry: Algal Biofuels

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The San Diego region, home to more than 500 biotechnology companies, is poised to become a “Green Houston,” as world renowned geneticists, biologists, and engineers at UC San Diego, The Scripps Research Institute and other local research institutions join with their industry counterparts in a broad-scale research effort to develop advanced transportation fuels from algae. http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/thisweek/2009/05/04_algae.asp